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Photography is all about telling a story


I wrote this post for my other blog over at F-Stop Warehouse but it works just as well here too! So here's a straight cut and paste. 

In the spirit of photography, this of course being a camera accessory (and other cool stuff) store, and the fact that, by a stroke of shear coincidence, I happen to be a photographer, I will, from time to time post tips and tricks, fun facts or just a photo for the fun of it!

So to kick things off, I shall start with a blurry image!  Why on earth would I do that? Well it's to make the point that photography is all about telling a story. It is NOT about the technical aspects of a photograph, although they have their place.

In this image, Cal Crutchlow separated from his bike and became acquainted with the runoff at Phillip Island. He had a tumultuous year last year in MotoGP, from sliding on his backside and taking 5th at the Island to podium at Argentina taking him to the top in the world ranking – Cal was the first Brit to lead the standings since Barry Sheene.

The image is part of a series but on its own, as blurry as it is, it tells a story. And that's what makes a good image.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 21: Cal Crutchlow (GBR) riding the #35 LCR Honda's Honda crashes on T4 during qualifying for 2017 Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at 2017 Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix , Australia on October 21 2017.

Camera: Canon 7D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 200-400 f/4 L USM EXT
390mm / 1/320s / f8 / ISO 125  



WorldSBK round one preview...Two champions in very different build-ups

Media release                                                                                         23 February 2017


Two champions in very different build-ups

When the 2017 Superbike World Championship kicks off at Phillip Island tomorrow, it will be the culmination of two completely different build-ups for world champion Jonathan Rea and Aussie star Josh Brookes.

Josh Brookes at Phillip Island with the wildcard Yamaha he'll run this we (3)

Josh Brookes at Phillip Island with the wildcard Yamaha he'll run this we (3)

Both are massively gifted riders, but with Rea currently at the peak of his powers – he's shooting to be the first rider to win a hat-trick of WorldSBK titles – he's enjoyed another brilliant pre-season on his factory Kawasaki, which has included upstaging a bunch of MotoGP riders in a combined MotoGP/WorldSBK test at Jerez last November, and then setting the fastest time in the final shakedown test at Phillip Island earlier this week.

Meanwhile, Brookes' build-up has been all hustle and bustle as he and a small band of tireless helpers have been scrambling to prepare for his wildcard appearance at Phillip Island on the Yamaha he rode to victory in the 2015 British superbike title.

It's been a hard slog, even at testing this week, but Brookes who hails from the outer Sydney suburb on Bringelly has enjoyed the hands-on experience – even though it's been on a shoestring.

Jonathan Rea  fastest in testing this week

Jonathan Rea  fastest in testing this week

"I love racing so much that I have poured my own money into this campaign," said Brookes at today's WorldSBK season launch. "It has been a huge undertaking, but the excitement of racing was very much a drawcard. I hope we can leave Phillip Island with a smile on our faces."

It's a big change of scenery for Brookes, who this time last year was preparing for a return to WorldSBK full-time on a BMW. However, it wasn't a happy collaboration with the German hardware and the New South Welshman is now heading back to British superbike – but not before he attempts to give the factory riders a scare at Phillip Island this weekend.

"Our No. 1 engine blew on Tuesday and this engine does not have the same top-end power as the other one, but it still drives off the corners really well so that's a bonus," Brookes said. "When practice starts tomorrow, my main focus will be on fine-tuning the engine braking as it's a little loose under brakes at the moment.

"The Yamaha likes to be ridden like 'Jorge Lorenzo' – fast and flowing. When it's all over the shop it may look good on television, but it doesn't suit the Yamaha's chassis."

For 'adopted Aussie' Rea – he's married to a Phillip Island girl – he's just itching to hit the race track and let the real business begin.

"I am excited and happy to be back at Phillip Island," he said. "I spend a lot of the off-season here and it means a lot to me.

"This year I reckon about five riders can win races week-in week-out, so the racing is going to be intense."

Rea won both WorldSBK races at Phillip Island last year, but with the likes of his teammate Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) and Chaz Davies (Ducati) yet to win races around the 4.445km grand prix circuit, the action is set to be intense in the two 22-lap races.

Returning riders Marco Melandri (Ducati) and Eugene Laverty (Aprilia) are also desperate to return to WorldSBK on a strong footing, while Leon Camier (MV Agusta), Alex Lowes (Yamaha) and fast privateer Xavi Fores (Ducati) will also be contenders.

Practice and qualifying for WorldSBK starts tomorrow, followed by Superpole and race one on Saturday at 3:00pm. Race two is on Sunday at the same time.

This weekend's action will also include world supersport and a full card of national support races.